Tuesday, 20 of November of 2018

Elderly Woman Killed by Nursing Home Neglect

By Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton and Favaloro, Nursing Home Neglect Attorney

We often place our elder loved ones in adult care facilities when we begin to worry that they cannot properly take care of themselves. You worry about them eating right, getting around, keeping themselves occupied, and taking their medications correctly — and you believe that a nursing home can help them stay healthy, safe, and comfortable. However some nursing homes fail at their job.  Such was the case in Iowa (IA).

A Davenport nursing home has been fined by the state of Iowa in connection with the death of an elderly resident, less than two weeks after she and another resident of the Ridgecrest Village home were injured in a traffic accident on Nov. 19.  Our thoughts go out to the family for the tragic and preventable loss of their loved one.

According to the Des Moines Register, the van stopped suddenly in traffic, throwing the two residents out of their wheelchairs and onto the van floor. One was a fragile 97-year-old woman.  The van driver told investigators that he’d failed to buckle their safety belts, although their chairs were securely attached to the van’s floor.  That’s the same as saying the seats in a car are secured but the people in it are not.

It was terribly negligent for the driver to forget to buckle in the elderly pair.

His only job was to safely transport the two and he failed, miserably.  It is also sad that the Iowa Department of Inspection and Appeals only fined the nursing home $10,000 for death of this elderly woman.

The department reported that the woman’s death 12 days later was attributed to congestive heart failure as a result of a broken leg and blood loss.  So in essence this woman spent the last days of her life suffering from a totally preventable injury.


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